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    Question Help With a Chevy Engine

     



    I am about to go look at a 1966 Caprice that the owner says has a 396 engine.
    My question is:
    Is there some simple way for me to verify that the engine is in fact a 396? Something that I can easily check without pulling this guy's engine apart?

    Thanks
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    There is a code stamped on block on a pad on the front passenger side. It will read something like this:

    T0216xx – the xx is the key here as in 1966 all 396 engines had one of the following codes

    ED – 325 horsepower w/manual transmission
    EF - 360 horsepower w/manual transmission
    EG - 375 horsepower w/manual transmission
    EH - -325 horsepower w/manual transmission
    EJ - 360 horsepower w/manual transmission
    EK - 325 horsepower w/automatic transmission
    EL – 360 horsepower w/automatic transmission
    EM - 325 horsepower w/automatic transmission
    EN - 360 horsepower w/automatic transmission

    Any other code would indicate a "non-stock" engine, which might not be a bad thing, i.e., if it was replaced with another big block that may be just fine unless you're looking for a "number matching" car.

    Good Luck,
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    Thanks...that is what I was looking for
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